York College

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Science, engineering and production technicians n.e.c.

Up to £28,000

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Production managers and directors in manufacturing

Up to £54,000

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Laboratory technicians

Up to £15,000

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Science Manufacturing Technicians work in a wide range of companies including, but not exclusively, chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products and nuclear manufacturing. A Science Manufacturing Technician will operate the systems and equipment involved in the production of products. They may work in varied conditions including wearing specialist safety equipment, shift work and on sites running 365 day operations. Many companies operate under highly regulated conditions and a premium is placed on appropriate attitudes and behaviours to ensure employees comply with organisational safety and regulatory requirements. Science Manufacturing Technicians are expected to work both individually and as part of a manufacturing team. They are able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake.

Qualifications and End-Point Assessment Information

BTEC 120 credit Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science.

Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their apprenticeship.

Vocational competence evaluation log and behaviours evaluation log.

The apprenticeship includes Pass and Distinction grades with the final grade based on the apprentice’s combined performance in each assessment activity.

Method(s) of delivery

BTEC: day release in College.

Vocational logs: completion in workplace.

Entry criteria

Employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or equivalent, including Maths (grade C/4 or above), English (grade C/4 or above) and Science. Alternatively a First Diploma (BTEC) in Applied Science alongside GCSEs (or equivalent) in Maths and English (grade C/4 or above).


24 months.

What next?

Upon successful completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship, you may wish to progress onto the Laboratory Scientist (Level 5) Higher Apprenticeship.

Our success rates

81% overall success rate for our Apprenticeship provision, 12% higher than national average.

81% overall success rate for our Advanced Apprenticeship provision, 12% higher than national average

York College, graded Outstanding by OFSTED, is ideally placed to support both Apprentices and businesses to successfully engage with and benefit from Apprenticeships.

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